he will not listen1 to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgment2 I will bring out my divisions,3 my people the Israelites.
And the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD4 when I stretch out my hand5 against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it."
Moses and Aaron did just as the LORD commanded6 them.
Moses was eighty years old7 and Aaron eighty-three when they spoke to Pharaoh.
The LORD said to Moses and Aaron,
"When Pharaoh says to you, 'Perform a miracle,8' then say to Aaron, 'Take your staff and throw it down before Pharaoh,' and it will become a snake."910
So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the LORD commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake.
Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers,10 and the Egyptian magicians11 also did the same things by their secret arts:1212
Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron's staff swallowed up their staffs.
Yet Pharaoh's heart13 became hard and he would not listen14 to them, just as the LORD had said.